Police looking for suspect accused of stealing donation jars from gas station

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany police are investigating the theft of donations that benefit families dealing with childhood cancer that were taken from a gas station twice in one week by the same person.

Police say on January 19 around 5:00 p.m. the suspect walked into the Xtra Mart on New Scotland Avenue, walked up to the counter, and stole a donation can that held money for the Jennifer Creed Fund.

Four days later, police say it appears the same suspect came into the store at 247 New Scotland Avenue around 7:55 a.m. and stole another donation can with money inside.

The Jennifer Creed Fund helps families cope with difficulties associated with childhood cancer. Through donations the fund is able to offset costs for families that are not normally covered by insurance.

Albany Police Department Spokesman James Miller says approximately $100 was stolen in both incidents.

The suspect is described a white male, 5'10″, with scruffy blonde/grey facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, tan colored pants, white sneakers and a grey knit hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Albany Police Department.

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